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Musicologist to Give Lectures Featuring Live Musical Performances

Professional musicians will help Dr. Timothy McGee, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and Trent University's 2005-06 Ashley Fellow, give three lectures on Music in Society at Trent in January and February.

Prof. McGee is being hosted at Trent by Lady Eaton College. The lecture series continues with:

  • January 24, 2006: What Beethoven Heard – Music as a Social Commentary, performers to be announced.
  • January 31, 2006: The Romance of Medieval Music, Members of the Hurly Burly Peterborough Medieval Ensemble performing.
  • February 7, 2006: The Music of Upper and Lower Canada, performers to be announced.

All of these lectures begin at 8 p.m. in the Dining Hall at Lady Eaton College.

A professor for 30 years at the University of Toronto, Prof. McGee has long been Canada's leading specialist in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and a noted authority on the music of Canada.

Prof. McGee recently received the Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement given by Early Music America. He is also a Connaught Research Fellow and a Senior Professor at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy.

A noted performer as well as scholar, Prof. McGee was the founding director of the Toronto Consort, Canada's first ensemble dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music. He has 10 books to his credit and many articles on a wide range of subjects related to early music. His texts are standard works of reference for early music scholars and performers throughout the world.

Prof. McGee is one of two 2005-06 Ashley Fellows. The other, Dr. Randy Stoecker, is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Toledo.

The Ashley Fellow is a visiting scholar who is a resident guest in one of Trent's five residential colleges. The fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, a long-time friend of Trent University and an advocate of the role that informal contacts of college life can play in the academic pursuits of the university.


Prof. McGee's first lecture, "Music, Art and Lorenzo the Magnificent" took place on Tuesday, November 8. It focused on culture in 15th century Florence and was assisted by Musicians in Ordinary of Toronto.

The Ashley Public Lecture Series continued on Tuesday, November 15 with Prof. McGee's lecture titled, "How Opera Began." He was again accompanied by Musicians in Ordinary.

He wrapped up Part One of the series on Tuesday, November 22 with "Musical Style in the Age of Bach."

All lectures began at 8 p.m. and were held in the Lady Eaton College Dining Hall. The lectures were free.


Posted January 6, 2006


































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